Grunge Texture with an Ethical Twist: On Trend


This week’s look is inspired by tumblr: As 2013 wraps up, they’ve tallied the top tags of the year, and for fashion, #grunge was a big hit. Here’s a favorite look packed with grunge texture for a bit of 90s nostalgia. 


1. Teal Wash Boxy Tee by Raquel Allegra

Just enough fade and just enough color, this boxy tee by Raquel Allegra is great for a cozy, grunge day. Raquel Allegra, now in her thirteenth season, is sold in stores around the world, but all her clothing is made in the USA. This garment is dyed with natural indigo, and free of chemical dyes.

Heist, $210 


2. High Rise Hewson Maria Leggings by J Brand

Did you know J Brand is made in the USA? And these leggings are no exception. Tight fitting and high waisted, they are a great grab for any look.

Avenue 32, $270


3. Horse and Calf Leather Hightops by James Kearns

Yes, please, these shoes are so cool! Each James Kearns shoe is handmade in London in small quantities and often made to order. We’d match these shoes with jeans and a loose fitting tee or even pair with a dress. Cool and comfortable, they are a perfect grounding to the grunge look.

James Kearns, please contact for price


4. Jasper Arrowhead Ring by Pamela Love

NYC-based jewelry artist Pamela Love has been committed to sustainable and local production since the inception of her line in 2006. Today all her pieces are produced in NYC’s Garment District, from design to final product. This arrowhead ring is set in sterling silver and each piece is naturally unique.

imogene + willie, $625


5. Larimar Pendant by Nallik

Simple yet bold, the raw feel of this Larimar pendant by Nallik can go with any outfit and mood. Handmade in Berlin, Nallik uses all raw precious and semi-precious stones, and the brand swears by their unique properties. The Larimar stone used in this piece is said to relax tempers, calm fears, and relieve stress.

A Boy Named Sue, $154


6. Leonard Tortoise by Illesteva

Handmade in Italy, these sunglasses will last you a lifetime. Illesteva has done collaborations with Lou Reed, House of Waris and Zac Posen, as well as been worn by some big-time celebs. A strong pair of sunglasses for a reasonable price, we love these Leonard Tortise frames.

Illesteva, $165


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Images from the eco fashion brands, collage by Juliette Donatelli


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Juliette Donatelli

Working in the field of sustainability for over seven years, Juliette is passionate about its intersection within the fashion industry. Juliette began studying ecological conservation, and led consumer awareness campaigns around the world from water usage in southern California, riparian restoration in South Africa, food distribution in Paris and bison habitat in the Great Plains. She has launched her passion--consumerism and sustainability--into a place where it hits home--fashion. Juliette is the founder and editor-in-chief of, Director of Sustainability at Manufacture NY, and loves to read, dance, swim and enjoy the occasional glass of champagne.